Present Not Perfect (Take 2)

We are half way through the current challenge at Path of Positivity so time for another sample.

A couple of years ago my husband decided to enter the village horticultural show with some vegetables from the garden. Unfortunately he was not very successful but it got me thinking at the time and the challenge theme has brought it to mind again.

Most serious gardeners that enter horticultural shows take ages preparing their entries, be it vegetables or flowers. From seed to full grown specimen they lavish care and attention on their ‘babies’. They grow many more than they need to enter and then select the finest of the bunch. Out of a bed of beautiful looking dahlias they may only find a few that meet the strict criteria of the competition. The blooms with perfectly shaped petals, no browning, correct uniform colouring, straight stems and so on. It is even harder to select if you are a vegetable grower, no bends, kinks or curls in the wrong place, everything uniform in size and shape.

As I consider the artificial feel to these ‘perfect’ specimens I am thankful that nature does not operate  under the same strict conditions. Our world would be all the poorer if everything were uniform and perfect. Let’s be honest, how many of us take a walk in the countryside or visit the gardens of a stately home just to look at the ‘perfect’ flower ignoring the many that are less then perfect. I personally love the abundance of nature and if there are bends, kinks and brown edges to the flowers or the veg is a bit knobbly I don’t mind one bit. It’s the differences that make each of us unique and who gets to decide what ‘perfect’ is anyway.

So here is a basket of flowers for you to enjoy, if you look closely enough you will see that they are all slightly different but from a distance they all look the same. (I’m sure that comes from a song lyric!)


Materials used:
Imagine That Digistamps – Freda’s Flower Basket
A4 pink card
X-Press It card
decorative die set
Copic pens
printer card

The image and sentiment are printed on X-Press It card and the image coloured with Copics. Both are trimmed to required size.

The green paper from the set is printed on white printer card and cut with a die to make mats for the image and the greeting. Working out the positioning of the die to make the greeting mat took a bit of thinking!

The twisted easel card base is made from the pink card and the matted image and greeting attached in the relevant places.


The challenges at Path of Positivity are always ‘Anything Goes’ with the theme being optional so even if you are not inspired by the theme you can still have a go. The allocation of prizes is different for the AG entries and the theme entries. All the information is on the blog.

If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize for Most Inspirational. We also ask that you please leave a comment letting us know how your creation relates to the concept of being present not perfect if it isn’t readily clear within the design itself or clearly written somewhere else in your post.  You can simply write a sentence at the bottom of your post next to the link up for this challenge, if it would be easier. We just need to know how your project ties into the theme. Letting us know, clears up any ambiguity that may exist.

Remember, in order to be considered eligible for this month’s prizes, ALL creations must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some nature. You don’t need to follow the optional theme if you simply want to have a chance at the Random Draw prize of a $7 gift certificate from Pickled Potpourri, one of our guest sponsors this month. You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month’s sponsored prize of a $10 gift certificate to the Imagine That Digistamp store, provided by the second of our guest sponsors this month.

Thank you for dropping by. Hope to see you at Path of Positivity this month. Take care.


I would like to enter the following challenges:
Craft for the Craic May – Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends #43 – Anything Goes (Just for fun)
Creative Fingers #130 – Anything Goes
Simply Create Too #127 – Must Use A Digi Stamp
Imagine That Creative Playground May – Anything (Crafty) Goes


About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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7 Responses to Present Not Perfect (Take 2)

  1. Borqna says:

    Don’t forget the best challenge –
    I invite you with pleasure!

  2. Katrina says:

    Your card is beautiful! Love your thoughts, also. I’ve never been any good at gardening and I admire anyone who can grow anything….perfect or not! 😉

  3. Kristy says:

    What a beautiful card Pippa, love your coloring of these flowers, and your border punches etc. I’m honored to sponsor Path to Positivity challenge once again.

  4. Chrissy says:

    Beautifully done…gorgeous card..
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Imagine That Digistamp over at the
    Creative playground..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  5. Lisa Lynn says:

    Your card is gorgeous, and that is just the perfect image to use. Thanks for joining us at Imagine That Digistamp Creative Playground, Lisa Lynn DT.

  6. Janis says:

    Cute! Thanks for sharing at Simply Create Too.
    ~DT Janis

  7. Julie O says:

    This is beautiful, Pippa! I love that floral die you used. Thanks for joining us this week at Imagine That! Digistamp. I hope you join us again in June. Julie, DT member

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